"No! Try not. Do or do not. There is no try."

- Yoda
in case you missed it


3 So also, when we were children, we were in slavery under the basic principles of the world. 4 But when the time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under law, 5 to redeem those under law, that we might receive the full rights of sons. 6 Because you are sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, ""Abba", Father." 7 So you are no longer a slave, but a son; and since you are a son, God has made you also an heir.
Galatians 4:3-7


yes, christmas is a reminder of the extreme humility with which the Lord engaged our world. subjecting Himself to humanness wasn't JUST a means to sympathize with us more fully, though. (but that is kinda ridiculously awesome icing on the cake)

christmas is a celebration of the incarnation. and the incarnation is the sunrise of God's great redemptive plan. the fall in the garden cursed mankind, so the redemptive plan couldn't simply consist of sacrificing the divine Son. a man had to pay the price to satisfy the penalty of sin. enter the incarnation. fully divine, fully man. fully divine in order to forgive, judge, and save. fully man in order to pay the price and be tempted in every way that we are.

incredible. ridiculous. i'm so grateful that God is God and i'm not! that He didn't change the penalty of sin or set aside any of His attributes to redeem us. rather, in His passionate pursuit of us, He engineered an amazing plan of reconciliation. and though He didn't cancel the penalty of sin, He did trump the snot out of it!

it's in understanding this great truth that we can echo the song of the angels and say, "Glory to God in the highest, And on earth peace among men with whom he is pleased."

*note the peace of christmas is the peace among men with whom God is pleased, and without faith it is impossible to please God. you do the math. it's no surprise that "christmas cheer" doesn't bring lasting peace.

i don't have a post category for music

this post is categorized under "fyi" because:

i'm not a "music guy," i don't think. i can't really carry a conversation about bands or music other than pop culture trivia or what i may have seen on behind the music. like van halen (i think) demanding only certain colored M&Ms backstage or lynyrd skynyrd's infamous bus crash and the fateful flight of buddy holly, the big bopper and ritchie valens. i can usually sing a song about any situation in life because my brain is an unexplainable steel trap for useless information, but that doesn't make me a music guy. i can't play music (other than what i remember from my JH trombone days!) so i can't critique music. i know what i like (most of the time), what i don't and what i'm just ok with.

that being said, i like the following:

Pomplamoose. the girl might freak you out (as she did my brother) but you can always just listen and not watch. i consider her/their sound very "Westburian," as in having musical qualities like my friend, jenny westbury (you can check out some of her music here, but don't scroll down as her "friends" have posted foul language on her page). still waiting for her to really unleash similar music genius on the world.

i would have embedded their O Come All Ye Faithful video (it's awesome), but my brother and the thinklings have done so already. check out their youtube page and get free mp3s from their myspace page.




DOXA. this is the latest project from my previously posted about friend, matt tipton, and other friends who are ministering in the greater seattle area. they are a really talented bunch with great hearts and the desire to exalt the name of Jesus Christ with the talents they've been given. check out their album here.

two down, several more to go

yesterday marked the end of my second semester of seminary and i've now accumulated one semester's worth of hours! ha

it's a little weird being a student again, i must say. and as i think i've mentioned before, i used to say "i never have to ______ again" with reference to studying for exams/quizzes/etc. , doing homework, papers and the like. famous last words, of course.

in a couple of my classes there were guys graduating this semester. kudos to them. i can't even imagine being that close to finishing.

"one [semester] at a time, sweet Jesus"

survey says

deep

if a ministry/bible study/church/etc. is "not deep enough," how would you define that? what = deep, in other words?

i have my thoughts, of course, but i'd like to hear yours!